Award winning movie Anchor Baby in UK cinemas from 2nd September

After various successful cinema releases in Nigeria, Ghana and Canada, Anchor Baby the debut movie by a Nigerian born/Canada based director Lonzo Nzekwe gets a theatrical released in the United Kingdom. It will be release initially in Odeon Greenwich, Lee Valley, Streatham, Surrey Quays and Manchester Printworks cinemas starting from September 2, 2011. Anchor Baby is starring the award winning Nollywood actress Omoni Oboli, British born/LA based actor/supermodel Sam Sarpong and Canadian actress Terri Oliver.

This will be the second time in UK history for a movie produced and directed by a Nigerian, and starring a Nollywood actor will be released theatrically in the UK cinemas. After the recent success of a Nollywood movie titled “The Mirror Boy” at the UK cinemas, Odeon cinemas in UK seem to be placing their focus on the emerging Nigeria Nollywood film industry by choosing to also release Anchor Baby in their cinemas. A spokesman from Odeon stated that the movie represents a new trend of high quality films coming out of the Nigeria film industry recently; that’s why Odeon UK feels comfortable booking it for a September 2 release. Anchor Baby is set to achieve a successful UK cinema release judging by it exceptional picture quality and great reviews from viewers and film critics around the world.

This is a movie that is somewhat controversial in nature, and will keep you glued to your seat and guessing for the entire ninety-five minutes of the film. BBC “Focus On Africa” editor Leslie Goffe, wrote a two page article on the movie in their July/September 2011 edition of the magazine; calling it “a movie with consequences… with roots in Africa”.

On the film festival circuit, Anchor Baby has won the “Best Film” and “Best Actress” awards at the 2010 Harlem International Film Festival. It has also won the “Best ScreenPlay” at the 2010 Los Angeles Movie Awards. Omoni Oboli who gave the performance of a lifetime also won “Best Actress” award at Los Angeles Movie Awards, adding to her win at the Harlem film festival. Anchor Baby won the “Golden Palm Award” and “Award of Excellence” at the 2010 Mexico International Film Festival and Canada International Film Festival respectively. It was also an official selection at other prestigious film festivals around the world such as Pan African International Film Festival and San Diego Black Film Festival.

“A movie with a lot of heart and important social issues” is a quote from Dan Lyon; a Feature Film Unit Director for Telefilm Canada.


Married, illegal immigrant couple Joyce (Omoni Oboli) and Paul Unanga (Sam Sarpong) have been ordered by the U.S. immigration to leave the country. They decide that they will leave, but only after Joyce, who is five months pregnant, delivers her baby in the U.S. This will guarantee automatic U.S. citizenship for their child. Ignoring the deportation order the couple goes into hiding. Later, Paul is caught and deported by a team of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

But bureaucracy keeps getting in the way of Joyce achieving her goal and just as she is about to give up hope, she meets Susan Backley (Terri Oliver), a married freelance writer who offers to help in the form of safe, free accommodation until the baby is born. With the help of her new-found friend, Joyce sets out to make the ‘American Dream’ come true for her unborn child.

Anchor Baby is a movie everyone need to see; especially anyone who is an immigrant or knows one. One cannot afford to miss it.

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Anchor Baby UK release in cinemas from 2nd September